The Portuguese national ice hockey team were close in both their meetings, but they were unable to take a victory against two amateur squads in a visit to Prague, Czech Republic this weekend.

Featuring players from various places from across the world, including Canada and the United States, Portugal put together a team for a two-game exhibition series against Czech Republic based amateur teams, the Lions and the Stingers, on January 14th. In the morning game, the Lions came out on top with a 2-0 victory, only to see the Stingers take the 3-0 victory over Portugal later in the day.

A year ago, Portugal played host to the Czech’s in a two-day series, taking home the 6-4 and 6-2 victories.

Per the IIHF, Portugal currently has 48 men’s players and 116 players in the country total. While they are IIHF members, they only have an associate membership, meaning they can play in tournaments, but just not in official IIHF World Hockey Championship events. A full explanation of the membership structure can be found here.

Portugal does have a long history of playing roller hockey, with the team winning gold’s at the U17 and U20 level’s this year. At the men’s division, the team has won a total of 18 Nations Cup’s, considered to be one of the biggest roller hockey tournaments in the world.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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